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Published by Moonshine Cove Publishing, 6 November
2018. ISBN: 978-1-945181-42-9 (PB)
The Hubley Case starts and ends with highly dramatic killings, one of
a good man and one of a bad man. I’m not sure whether this ratio was maintained
throughout the book. It wasn’t always that easy to tell the goodies from the
baddies. Suffice to say there was a high body count.
One man it would be impossible to find a good word to
say about is Dominick Riddle. He thrives on making millions/billions by
orchestrating high-powered intelligence scams and terrorist atrocities.
He achieves his nefarious goals in many different ways – paying exorbitant fees
to talented crooks, blackmailing decent professionals, and having people
executed if their deaths either consolidate or get in the way of his
plans. He also has the charming habit of regularly “clearing out his
colleagues” so there is nobody left to incriminate him in any of the wrongdoings.
Peter Hubley was a decent, honest, businessman who
happened to get wind of Dominick Riddle’s latest scam. Peter was, of
course, murdered- very publically. He was then effectively assassinated for a
second time when Riddle’s misinformation guru spread false rumors about
virtually aspect of Peter’s life and character.
Ben Siebert is an ex-Marine. One assumes he was thrown
out of the Marines because the Robin Hood side of his character got the better
of the James Bond side of his character once too often. Unfortunately for
Riddle, Peter Hubley’s wife Sally is one of Ben’s best friends. When
Sally asked him to find out why her husband had been killed Ben couldn’t refuse
to help her.
It isn’t long before Ben discovers that he isn’t the
only one on the case, Nikki Benton, a diligent and glamorous FBI special agent
is also investigating Peter Hubley’s death. Ben and Nikki have to work hard at
trusting each other but helped and hindered by friends and colleagues they
eventually work out what was ultimately behind Peter Hubley’s death.
Case is an entertaining, action packed thriller that I
thoroughly enjoyed reading. Ben Siebert is another of today’s superhuman
characters. He is good at everything but still presents as a vulnerable
and honorable human being – albeit one who is good at killing. I imagine
we will be hearing more of Ben.
Reviewer: Angela Crowther.
J Leewas born
and raised in Illinois. He graduated with dual degrees in Engineering and
Sociology from Duke University. He worked in Engineering, Marketing, Product
Management, Program Management, Supply Chain and Operations, but always wrote
in his spare time. It started as a hobby, a creative outlet that helped him balance
the stress of a day spent in numbers. Then at some point, it morphed into a
passion. The Hubley Case is his
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.